Following fair trade philosophies, principles, and conditions, Faire Collection is a social business which produces handmade artisan jewelry from natural materials, such a palm tree seeds. We have a strong focus on design and fashion, and all our products are made by hand by local women.
The mission of the business is to provide work and social security for a marginalized population, and we also offer scholarships for local artisans. The majority of our artisans are from the indigenous Kichwa people.
Artisans work together in the workshop to make locally designed and inspired jewelry for international clients, using natural materials.
Depending on the skills and interests of the volunteer, their tasks can include:
Product design (fashion design)
Production quality control
Photography of the artisans and the workshop
Interviews with the artisans and creation of social media stories
Development of social impact metrics
Workshop production assistance
Analytical processes and workflows (Excel documents, prices, inventory, etc.)
Work scedule is Monday-Friday 9:00-18:00 with 1 hour lunch. They are based on a small workshop where the artisans and admin staff works.
Volunteer requirements / Skills
Volunteers need to have at least a basic level of Spanish. Skills, such as photography, fashion design, or business management are highly desirable.The volunteer must be flexible to support in different areas of the business.
The project is located in Otavalo, a small and very pretty town populated also by indigenous people. It is a city that is characterized by its culture and the commercialization of handicrafts.
Hosting Situation (Board and Lodging)
The volunteer will live with a host family or shared flat with other volunteers.
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